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Jersey Mike’s opens new west Ocala location

UPDATE: A previous version of our story incorrectly cited a nonexistent promotion at Jersey Mike’s in Ocala. That information was not verified with the store and is not accurate.*

A national sandwich chain opened its third location in Ocala last week.

Jersey Mike’s officially opened for business at 2785 NW 49th Avenue on Wednesday, March 20.

Jersey Mike's new location in Ocala
Jersey Mike’s opened its new location at 2785 NW 49th Avenue, Suite 101 in Ocala. (Photo: Jersey Mike’s)

Located within the Shops at Foxwood, the new business is owned by Marlene Kovelesky and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

The location joins two others that serve the Ocala community at 2602 SW 19th Avenue Road and 8075 SW State Road 200.

Jersey Mike's dining room
The new Jersey Mike’s in Ocala is one of three locations in the city. (Photo: Jersey Mike’s)

According to the company, the third Ocala location was opened on the same day as seven other Jersey Mike’s locations across the country, including one other location in Florida and two others in Tennessee.

The company’s original location, Mike’s Subs, was founded in 1956 and 15 years later, Peter Cancro became the owner and proprietor of the shop.

Sub sandwiches at Jersey Mike's
Jersey Mike’s has been serving up subs for over 50 years. (Photo: Jersey Mike’s)

In 1987, Cancro began franchising the business and, in the years since, it has become the fourth-largest sandwich chain in the United States.

There are approximately 2,761 Jersey Mike’s locations in operation across the country as of March 20, 2024.

2,761 Stores Now Open
Jersey Mike’s posted this statement to its social media channels this week. (Photo: Jersey Mike’s)

The new Jersey Mike’s in Ocala joins a large collection of sandwich-based restaurants throughout the city.

In fact, Ocala has representation from each of the top seven largest sandwich chains in the United States: The city has ten Subway restaurants, three Arby’s locations, two Firehouse Subs, two Panera Bread restaurants, a Jimmy John’s, and a McAlister’s Deli.

With another national restaurant chain expanding its presence in Ocala, the addition marks a growing trend across one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation:

Are you looking forward to trying the new Jersey Mike’s location? Are there other sandwich shops that you would like to see in Ocala? Share your comments below or write a letter to the editor.

*Editor’s Note: A portion of this story was edited/removed after publication.